9780804748759

Selling the City

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  • ISBN13:

    9780804748759

  • ISBN10:

    0804748756

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2004-07-28
  • Publisher: Stanford Univ Pr
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Summary

Between 1880 and 1940, California cities were in the vanguard in creating comprehensive city plans and zoning ordinances that came to characterize modern American city growth. This book reveals the means by which property-owning middle-class women achieved entry into the male-dominated sphere of urban planning. It suggests that women in California were not excluded from public life. Instead, they embraced the middle-class ideology of propertied self-interest and participated to the fullest extent possible in the urban struggle for regional dominance that shaped this period of western history. Likewise, as urban historians have presented this story as essentially male, this work suggests that although California's urban elite often maintained a division of labor along traditional gender lines, they clearly worked in a cross-gender alliance to shape a regional identity based on a commitment to urban growth.

Author Biography

Lee M. A. Simpson is Assistant Professor of History at California State University, Sacramento.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1(12)
Women and Property Ownership: Staking a Claim to the City
13(27)
Clubwomen and the Growth Machine
40(25)
Women and the Chamber of Commerce
65(23)
Apprenticeship in Politics
88(21)
Women and City Planning
109(24)
City and County Planning in Santa Barbara
133(36)
Conclusion 169(10)
Notes 179(18)
Bibliography 197(14)
Index 211

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